2020 GFD 🏆 Awards

Winner: Reserve Neighbourhood by DADA Partners / Landart/ GPL Design Studio

The structure for the landscape master plan emerges from a deep understanding of the unique landform of the site. The main armature is a 18m wide boulevard which meanders and ascends the site from lowest part, along the entry and culminates at the foot of the hill-view Park which is the highest precinct. The secondary street network emerges from this spine and are aligned so as to hug the contour levels of the site. The plan hence becomes an assemblage of an iconic boulevard and two anchors- the clubhouse and hill-view park.

Winner- Global Future Design Awards 2020
Firm | DADA Partners / Landart/ GPL Design Studio
Architect/Designer | Mukul Arora

Category | Landscape Design Concept
Team | Mukul Arora, Avadhoot Kumthekar, Anjali Kumthekar, Anubhav Gupta, Dwaipayan Aich, Diksha Singh
Country | India
Photographer/Copyright | ©DADA Partners
Location: Bangalore, India
Site Area: 100 Acres
Project Year: 2018

The seasonal rivulet along the west and the two HT corridors are re-imagined as important ecological and open space system for all. The green buffer along the rivulet is designed as a dense forest while the HT corridor transforms itself into a unique bio-swale, seamlessly connecting the East to West extents of the site. 

So as to create a sense of scale and community, the large township has been imagined as a series of five special sub-districts each with its own unique identity. The sub-districts emerge from an understanding of the eventual built-form but more importantly from the existing physical characteristic of the site as well as the proposed ecological and landscape palette of each neighbourhood. Complimenting and working synergistically with the neighbourhood, a series of well landscaped promenades, progressive street-way systems, and a generous park system has been designed as the framework for the township.

As a response to the sloping terrain, the street grid here bends and deforms at places to adapt to the changing levels. These subtle street and block manipulations also help generate surprising array of small neighbourhood parks and plazas throughout the township. Vistas, terminuses, enclosures, street edges, and intersections, have been designed carefully in terms of perception of residents moving along the street. In a way the street design is a balanced coupling of engineering, water management, and pictorial setting.

Given the concern for environment rainwater conveyance has been the generator of landscape design and low-impact infrastructure design. ECO-streets are designed favoring ‘soft engineering’ and vegetated treatment to manage rainfall conveyance instead of conventional ‘concretized piped’ system that uses curbs and gutters. The intent is to capture the rain as and where it falls and reduces the runoff before it enters the trunk lines. The excess water from the LID Street is conveyed (using surface flow) to the bio-swales. This gently sloping multi-layered ecological device detains, cleans & filters, and infiltrates part of the run-off before releasing it into the proposed pond at the western end of the club-house as well as the rivulet at the edge of the site. The bio-swales or greenways not only act as water channels but also become a haven for nature oriented uninterrupted outdoor walk trails, bikeways, and lead the residents to the forest at the western edge. The goal here is not just to minimize impact but to develop a regenerative and productive urban landscape that continually renews ecosystem functioning.